Albany -- Planners are hoping to get a $100,000 federal grant to pay for a park along the trail. The second phase of the Greenway Trail will expand it north to Philema Road and south to Albany State. Albany Tomorrow hopes to build a trail-head park on property now owned by Oxford Construction.
"There will be some soft surface trails. There will be two wildlife observation decks in wooded areas: one overlooking the river, the other overlooking some ponds. It will be a nice amenity - a little different than anything else we've had so far," said ATI President Tommy Chatmon.
In 1999, DNR gave the county a $100,000 to do the project but when it was delayed, the grant expired. Now, ATI is asking the DNR to give back the money. It will take at least a year to finish the trail expansion.
A new gateway to welcome travelers to Albany is going up now. Crews are installing the massive pillars at Oglethorpe and Front Avenue downtown. That part of the road will be closed for a couple hours next Tuesday night so a huge arch can be constructed.
The city is using sales tax money to pay for the $650,000 gateway project. Planners choose the Oglethorpe corridor because more than 30,000 cars drive through that intersection daily.